A new restaurant scheduled to open in Andover Station North around the first of next year will be owned by an Andover couple.
Pizza Ranch announced that it struck a deal with Randall and Sheryl Hubin to open a new location at 13797 Jay St. NW. Construction was scheduled to commence in late August.
The 7,800 square-foot pizza restaurant will employ upwards of 70 people and offer a new, affordable family dining option, according to Pizza Ranch press release.
Randall worked at a local pizza restaurant back in high school and college. He most recently served as vice president of human capital at OptumHealth, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. Sheryl has a bachelor’s degree in teaching, but stayed home to raise three kids who are now 21, 19 and 17 years old.
“With two kids in college and the youngest in the 11th grade, Sheryl and I have been talking about doing something that allows us to work together, is here in our own community and has giving back as a very fabric of the organization,” Randall said.
MGB Holdings received a conditional use permit and an on-sale liquor license from the city in April 2008 to develop a restaurant called Moose & Company on this site. The development never became a reality and a bank foreclosed on the property, according to Community Development Director David Carlberg.
The city is happy to finally see this site develop, Carlberg said.
“It’s another opportunity for residents to have a place to eat and dine,” he said.
A challenge for the city in attracting another restaurant has been limited day time traffic, Carlberg said. However, a retail market analysis Andover had done showed the area could support a restaurant.
Carlberg believes a tipping point was news that Walmart would develop on the former Pov’s Sports Bar site.
While Randall did cite Walmart adding considerable day time traffic as one factor in the decision to locate in Andover Station North, there were many other key elements. They wanted to open a family restaurant in a community where they have lived since 1999 aside from a couple of years in Ireland and San Antonio, Texas, due to a job transfer. They also like that Andover Cinema, Andover Lanes, Andover Community Center/YMCA, schools and ball fields are close by as are the heavily traveled Bunker Lake, Hanson and Round Lake boulevards corridors.
Carlberg said Andover still wants more restaurants and more manufacturing developments. The Andover Economic Development Authority is considering the creation of a tax increment financing district to attract a manufacturing company to Andover Station North.
“I still believe we need more manufacturing jobs and people working in the community during the day to attract more restaurants,” Carlberg said.
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